I always get stuck for gift ideas don’t you? For years I have been on the hunt for the ‘perfect gift’ for loved ones in my family who trust me are awkward to buy for. Now I have heard of gifts like buying a square foot of land in Scotland so the gift recipient becomes a Lord – yes I did buy this for my husband, well he was my boyfriend at the time, but I’ve never heard of buying a star for someone.

Stars are much more romantic and special don’t you think. You can look up at the night sky from anywhere in the world and see the stars. I have always been a sort of star-gazer. As a child I used to pretend they were all tiny little worlds with their lights on. Studying the solar system and space at school was one of my favourite things.

Anyway because my husband has his miniscule piece of land in Scotland I decided to give the gift of a star to my daughter. Now she is too young to know what a star is at 13 months old, but I know she will appreciate it when she’s older. Plus if you need a gift for a baby born in the family, why not name a star in their honour? It would make an exciting gift that will stay with them forever.

The Perfect Gift: name your very own star review and giveaway

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As they grow older, our children are constantly gaining more independence and a need to distance themselves from their parents. It’s their own way of making their mark on the world; a sort of can-do attitude with us as a safety net. It’s not something that we even think about, but it can hurt when their need to go out and do things goes against what you know to be safe, morally right or what you want to happen/do. Unfortunately, it’s a learning curb for both them and you, and it’s one of the rites of passage for growing up. That doesn’t mean that you can’t do certain things to help them – especially if they’re learning to drive.

For Kids Who Are Driving You Round The Bend

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There is evidence that the giving of flowers for birthdays, reaches as far back as the middle ages. Isn’t that crazy? The French and English got the idea of assigning a meaning to each flower from Turkey as well. I love that each flower has its own true meaning, it’s like a secret language!

They say that gifting flowers reached a high during the Victorian times, as back then it was considered bad manners to say your feelings with words. It is kind of romantic isn’t it?

Did you know that lilies represent purity? Or that a single marigold is an expression of sorrow? Of course we all know that red roses symbolizes love.

All flowers are beautiful don’t you think?, but what Birthday flowers should you give an allergy sufferer as a birthday treat?

Birthday flowers for allergy sufferers

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Growing up I was always a bit of a tomboy. If you ask my dad, I used to know every car make on the road when I was about 5. I used to love shouting them as we were driving along. Of course back then there were not as many as there are today.

I was obsessed with cars! As I got older I kind of lost interest, until I was old enough to drive. Then of course you needed to know where bits and bobs are under the bonnet to pass your test. So my love for cars found its way back.

Now I love to pop under the bonnet of my car and check the levels are correct. I check my tyres often for wear and tare, and also my husband’s s well!

It’s very useful to know some basic car maintenance, so I’m going to share with you some tips I have picked up over the years to help you keep safer on the roads and to try and prevent a breakdown.

Basic car maintenance tips

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Hello and welcome back to #LuckyLinky week 3.

Thank you so much to all of you that linked up last week!

As you all know I love to enter competitions and have been doing it for years, much longer than I have been blogging! So we want to see all your lovely competitions all in one place. It will make it much easier for all of us who love to enter competitions and for compers who want to find new and exciting competitions.

#LuckyLinky

The Competition Linky to get your competition more entries with NO comments required!

We run from Monday to Sunday and all bloggers are welcome to add any and all competitions they are running!

 Join Katie (MummyinaTutu) and I in a competition frenzy!

Each week we retweet your posts if you tag us in your tweet (@mummyinatutu & @rachelbustin) and will also enter each and every competition ourselves!

We will also add your post to the #LuckyLinky Competition Page over on Facebook! Please remember to put a badge on it and use the #LuckyLinky hashtag to spread the love.

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#LuckyLinky Rules:

1. Add the #luckylinky badge to the HTML / Text portion of your post. If you need any help linking up, read the fabulous Linky Guide from Cuddle Fairy or tweet us (@mummyinatutu @rachelbustin).

2. Please do 1 entry on both hosts competitions (if we’re running any) and 1 entry on the 2 competitions after yours (if you want to do more then great!)

3. Retweet 2 competitions of your choice using #LuckyLinky (It helps if you have your twitter handle in your social sharing buttons)

4. Link a maximum of 2 competitions per week.

5. By entering the link you are agreeing to be added to the email reminder list. (You can request to be removed at any time!)

Thanks for linking up!  Katie & Rachel

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our facebook page LuckyLinky Competitions if you fancy entering a few yourself!